Hugging at the annual UCSF Caregiver Program Retreat

The Christina Capurro Sand Brain Tumor Fund

This fund was established in honor of Christina Capurro Sand by her mother Jeanne Capurro, to support glioblastoma research and expand services that help patients with brain tumors and their families get the resources they need throughout the difficult experience of diagnosis, treatment, and bereavement.

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How Your Support Helps

The Christina Capurro Sand Brain Tumor Fund supports high risk, high reward research to advance the field of neuro-oncology, especially with regards to glioblastoma. Additionally, the fund supports clinical research to advance new treatments for brain tumor patients.

The fund also supports services and resources to patients and families in Marin and Napa. In coordination with the UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program and the Sheri Sobrato Brisson Cancer Survivorship Program, new programming at Marin General Hospital and the Napa Valley Neurosurgery Clinic aims to provide care for patients and caregivers through direct outreach, support groups, special events, and education. 

Newly diagnosed brain tumor patients and their families first meet a designated caregiver nurse in the hospital. Here, they are introduced to caregiver support and offered important information on the caregiver role post-surgery. Additional programming is in progress to provide caregiver and patient support groups, webinar series, and other resources. Patients and families also have access to an MGH social worker for the following:

  • Navigating the healthcare system
  • Financial, disability and insurance information
  • Guidance for completing advanced health care directives
  • Resources on local psychologists for additional support
  • Exercise Counseling



Ways to Give



Make a gift using our secure online form

By Mail

Please make your check payable to the UCSF Foundation, with a note indicating your wish to support the Christina Capurro Sand Brain Tumor Fund (7000-121087-7029366-45). All checks can be mailed to the following address: 

UCSF Foundation
P.O. Box 45339
San Francisco, CA 94145-0339 


Other Gifts

To make a gift of securities (stock, mutual funds, and other properties) or discuss a planned estate gift, please contact:

Adrianna Creese
Development and Alumni Relations
University of California, San Francisco